Every month when this little green box shows up at the front door, we know we're in for loads of fun. The January Kiwi Crate Treasure Chest box did not disappoint!
Right from the start the kids saw the “X” stickers and were ecstatic at the idea of a treasure hunt.
The Kiwi Crate Treasure Chest kit included:
- a wooden treasure chest project
- an assortment of different patterned paper to make our own treasure maps and imagination maps
- stickers to decorate the maps
- colored pencils
- a regular pencil with an adorable Steve the Kiwi eraser top
- a ruler; and the booklet full of activities
- fun facts and even a DIY Jolly Roger!
Sage loves to read to her little brothers, so she enthusiastically read us the comic from the booklet.
They couldn't wait to create their own treasure maps! Liam spent time really studying the parts of a map to make sure his was just right.
Noah was all about building the treasure chest. He was able to assemble the chest with very minimal help. This chest has continued to be a source of joy long after we finished all the projects from this kit. Noah proudly displays his chest in his room, when it's not hidden away full of treasure waiting to be discovered again.
Liam insisted on pulling out his pirate costume from a past Halloween and dressing the part for these activities.
Noah is busy at work creating his own treasure map.
Here is Sage's map, which included her room as well as the Great Room where we began our quest.
I liked that this kit introduced different parts of a map, such as the legend and the compass rose. It gave us the opportunity to really discuss direction and location and how important it is to be able to read a map. In this day and age, where everyone has a cell phone or tablet equipped with GPS, it's still imperative we show children how to read and understand actual maps so it doesn't become a lost art. The booklet also talked about the other types of maps such as a weather map, star maps and topographical maps. The children were fascinated to learn about all the different types.
Captain Liam working hard on his own personal Jolly Roger, complete with an “X” to mark the spot where the treasure be buried. 😉
Sage knows that all good Jolly Rogers come with the ever dreaded skull and crossbones. Shiver me timbers!
Pirate Noah opted for a more direct approach to identifying his ship by writing his name in large print across the front.
Pirate Sage shows us that the most important thing to a pirate is collecting dubloons (gold coins), which she prominently displayed on her Jolly Roger. ARRRRRGG!
What did you think of these Treasure Chest projects?